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Subject: Re: [NYALBANY] Question? Where are old NY State wills housed?
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:56:18 -0000
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Saw your message on the Albany maillist to which these messages get copied.
I think you were looking in the wrong place.
The front matter of the the book (which was digitized and is now on ancestry) mentions the following:
About New York Wills, 1626-1836
This database is a collection of New York citizens' wills from 1626 to 1836 ...
from title page of the book
Calendar of Wills on file and recorded in the offices of the clerk of the court of appeals, of the county clerk of Albany and of the secretary of state.
page Xiv and Xv of introduction
...located in the Office of the clerk of court of appeals...
Author followed order by letter and chronological file system of the office (which wasn't completely accurate)
He's given the letter and number of each file along with the date of execution and of proof
It always pays to copy the title page and scan thru the introduction to find out the meaning of any shorthand codes used and to see if it mentions where the stuff is located that it is indexing.
Also to note is at the end of your person's entry it says:
Recorded ut supra. p. 302
One person from the maillist suggested looking to see if the LDS (Mormons) had microfilmed the court records you seek. They have done many of the New York's wills and intestate and other records kept on county level. (And renting the film and printing at a LDS family history center and be significantly less expensive than requesting it from the court/clerk). I'm not sure if they have done this particular office but it wouldn't hurt to check the LDS library catalog. www.familysearch.org If you find they have then use to the website to located your nearest LDS church with a Family History Center if you don't already know where your nearst one is located.
(You don't have to be a member to use the library and the volunteers who staff them can be very helpful.)
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